What is cloud in relation to data?
The cloud refers to platforms that host IT infrastructure for other organizations, companies, etc. By storing and processing its data in the cloud, a company can use servers that are owned and maintained by a ‘cloud vendor’ to handle its data and create all its data products. Each of the major vendors supplying cloud services stores its servers typically in large data centers.
Moreover, large cloud vendors even expanded their services to also allow users to provision tools and software within their platform without having their customers deal with the technicalities of the underlying server.
Xomnia works with the three biggest cloud vendors: Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Other niche players and competitors include the clouds of IBM, Oracle, Tencent and Alibaba. Obviously, the latter two offerings have a geographical focus on Asia. Geography plays a role in the size of market share of these providers. The Dutch market’s share of Microsoft’s Azure offering versus AWS', for example, is much more skewed in favor of Azure, compared to the case in the US market.